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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A social media trend is leaving dermatologists burned up this summer.

Many people who see their skin as a blank canvas for art get a tattoo, but what about getting something else that may be just as permanent?

A new social media trend called #sunburnart has people showing off their burned skin after strategically placing sunscreen or fabric in artsy patterns and letting the sun work its magic.

Naturally, dermatologists and medical professionals are not interested in the craze.

The Skin Cancer Foundation released a statement urging people to find another creative outlet because of the irreversible damage sunburn can cause.

"Sunburns cause DNA damage to the skin, accelerate skin aging, and increase your lifetime skin cancer risk," said the statement. "In fact, sustaining five or more sunburns in youth increases lifetime melanoma risk by 80 percent. On average, a person’s risk for melanoma doubles if he or she has had more than five sunburns."

The statement also said a "complete sun protection regimen" is recommended and sun-worshippers should be using sunscreen daily.

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iStock/Thinkstock(TYLER, Texas) -- A 7-year-old Texas girl responded with grace under pressure, reportedly saving a woman who had a seizure from drowning in a pool.

Dasia Wessner was visiting the Glascow Trails Community mobile home park swimming pool in Tyler, Texas, Wednesday when she noticed a family friend in trouble, ABC News affiliate station KLTV reported.

Natalie Foster, 34, was lying face down in the water and not moving.

"At first I thought she was playing with me,” Dasia said, “but then I turned her around and I knew she was having a seizure.”

By her account, Dasia jumped into the pool to help Foster, who was floating in the pool’s deep end. Dasia said she put Foster’s arm through the pool rack so she wouldn’t slide back down.

Unable to turn on Foster’s cellphone to get help, the girl ran to her aunt’s house nearby, and Foster eventually received aid. Foster told KLTV that she is at home and recuperating.

Dasia said she was never afraid during the ordeal. "I knew if she died she would be in heaven and she would be happy,” the girl said. “And she wouldn't be sick again, but if she stayed here she would also be OK.”

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kzenon/iStock/Thinkstock(FARGO, N.D.) -- A North Dakota man who wanted to keep his obituary short and simple chose to communicate the news of his death in just two words.

Doug died.

The 85-year-old Douglas Legler died on June 27. His daughter Janet Stoll told ABC affiliate WDAY-TV "he just wanted it short and sweet. He came up with it. He said 'all i want is "Doug Died."' We were just trying to follow his wishes."

Stoll said her dad didn't try to be charismatic or funny, he just was. And despite having a bit of a gruff exterior at times, Stoll said he had a kind and tender heart.

And while Legler didn't want to go on and on about details of his life, the public might now know more about him than they ever would have had he just run a typical obituary. The news outlet that ran the obit also ended up running a news story about the obit, and about Legler.

"He was very lighthearted and had a great sense of humor," Stoll said. "He was very quick-witted, and funny. He was one of a kind, he really was. Everyone loved him that met him."


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Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Hilary Swank is taking a break from her work to care for her dad, who recently had a lung transplant.

"My dad is living with me," the 40-year-old Oscar winner revealed to HuffPost Live on Thursday. "I'm his sole caretaker right now."

Swank said she has even put work on hold in order to care for her father, Stephen Swank, as he recovers.

"It's a certain amount of time [to serve as a caretaker], but in a lifespan it's a blink of an eye," Swank said. "There’s been job opportunities I've passed on, and things that I said 'I can't,' but really what we're here for is our family."

Making the decision to do so wasn't hard, she said.

"There is nothing I want to do more other than being with my dad in this time of need," the Million Dollar Baby actress said. "And if it wasn't me taking care of him, I think I would always look back and regret that opportunity to be able to care of him and help him through this extraordinary time."

She called it a "true honor."

The time spent together has also brought Swank and her father closer together. The pair weren't always so close, especially during Swank's younger years.

"We're super close," she said. "The bond that we've made in this time, might make up for some of that time we didn't have. We didn't have that one-on-one time together. It's actually kind of healing."

Meanwhile, father and daughter are making new memories.

"He's good-natured and giving. He has a great sense of humor. It's easy to be with my dad," she said. "It's easy to hang out. He's an easy guest to have in my home."

On Father's Day, Swank posted a photo of her and her dad on the beach.

"#HappyFathersDay to my dear Father!" she wrote. "And, to all the Fathers out there! Today and always we cherish you!!"

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Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABC(NEW YORK) -- Fans hoping to see Meghan Trainor perform live this weekend will have to wait.

The "Lips Are Movin" star has canceled her tour stops in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Friday and in Connecticut on Saturday, due to a vocal cord hemorrhage.

"I'm so sorry Megatronz please forgive me," she wrote addressing her fans on Instagram. "I will never speak and completely heal as soon as possible so I can show you how hard we’ve been working on this."

The 21-year-old singer-songwriter explained in the post that doctors "want me on complete vocal rest until they are healed."

But she promised to make up the concert to fans in New Jersey and Connecticut.

"I have never missed a tour date before so this is killing me," she wrote. "I love you all very much and want to get healed quickly so I show you this amazing tour we've been working on. I am truly sorry to everyone who has bought tickets and made travel plans. I hate this."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The appearance of your breast augmentation can actually tell a story of where you've lived, a new study suggests.

"We asked 614 plastic surgeons from 20 different countries, and through a computer survey [of] what was their ideal shape of breasts were, and they were able to adjust the images," said Dr. Neil Tanna, a board-certified plastic surgeon in New York who worked on the study.

The study, published in the journal Annals of Plastic Surgery, recruited doctors through prominent plastic surgery societies, and had the doctors analyze preferences in breast fullness and size -- including the size of the areola around the nipple.

Differences in breast appearances were found based on the demographics of the surgeons, who were categorized by age, gender, ethnicity, and most importantly, which country they live in, Tanna told ABC News.

The main findings included the following:

  • Surgeons from India preferred a fuller upper breast.
  • France preferred lesser upper-breast fullness.
  • Brazil, India, France and the U.S. preferred the largest areola size.
  • Germany preferred the smallest areola size.

The findings of the study are important to the outcome of a patient's plastic surgery, as the nationality of your doctor could determine the size and shape of your breasts, Tanna said.

"Beauty is really in the eye of the beholder," Tanna said. "If patients are seeking plastic surgery elsewhere, they need to consider the cultural background the country of origin. Ultimately, this should lead to higher patient satisfaction."

Dr. Norman Rowe, another board-certified plastic surgeon not affiliated with the study, said it proves what many surgeons have long suspected.

"That being said," Rowe said, "a surgeon from anywhere in the world should be able to perform a breast augmentation with more or less upper fullness or produce a variety of areola sizes. I feel that this study just emphasizes that regardless of what country the patient and surgeon call home and the geographical biases that these countries have, careful communication between them prior to surgery should produce a result that the patient desires."

Tanna agreed. "When you have good agreement between the patient's reported perception and the surgeon's perception of the results, you'll get the optimal patient satisfaction," he added. "I think that's really the take-home."

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Mario Tama/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Jim Carrey has apologized to the family of a young child with autism after posting pictures of the boy without their permission during an extended Twitter rant about California's new vaccine legislation.

The Truman Show star tweeted his mea culpa Thursday night, apologizing to the family of Alex Echols of Eugene, Oregon.

It all began Tuesday, when the 53-year-old actor and comedian went on a tirade about California's new law that eliminates vaccine exemptions for personal or religious reasons.

Although the scientific consensus is that vaccines do not cause autism and well-known autism advocacy group, Autism Speaks, has been urging parents to vaccinate their children, Carrey remains part of a group of people who feel the ingredients in vaccines are potentially harmful.

In one of his tweets Wednesday, Carrey wrote, "A trillion dollars buys a lot of expert opinions. Will it buy you? TOXIN FREE VACCINES, A REASONABLE REQUEST!" and attached photos of distressed-looking children, including one boy crying with his arms behind his head.

That boy turned out to be Alex Echols, and his family was not at all happy to see it included in Carrey's anti-vaccine rant.

The boy's mother, Karen Echols, and aunt, Elizabeth Welch, responded on social media after seeing Alex's photo.

Posting a copy of Carrey's tweet on Instagram, Welch explained that although Alex does have autism, he was diagnosed with it before receiving any vaccinations. Alex was born with tuberous sclerosis or TSC, she said, which can cause benign tumors to grow all over the body, including the brain. Many children with TSC have autism.

"I'm very disgusted and sickened that a celebrity would use a photo like this that was used in the first place to spread awareness of Tuberous Sclerosis to mock him and and my sister for vaccinations," Welch wrote on Instagram. "Even if that was not his intended outcome, it is what happened. Please spread this, and let's try to get this tweet removed."

Carrey did remove Alex's picture and apologized, which was noted by the boy's mother.

In a way, the actor did bring attention to tuberous sclerosis, even if that wasn't his intention.

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iStock/ThinkstockBy DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor

Allergies can be so frustrating -- and scary if they’re severe. But can they go away? Or worse, can they develop later in life?

Some say your immune system changes every seven years, and some don’t even know where most allergies come from.

I developed a life-threatening food allergy out of the blue when I was 37 years old. All of a sudden, I became deathly allergic to nuts.

There are several theories as to why allergies may be on the rise. Some point to dietary changes, others suggest food processing is at play, and of course, there’s a genetic component to everything.

So if you suspect you have a new allergy, see an allergist right away for formal testing. It may very well save your life.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The emergency medical services industry is trusted to save lives, but all of that can change when a worker dozes off behind the wheel.

A Good Morning America investigation discovered that EMS driver fatigue is an issue causing increasing concern in the EMS industry, with some calling for federal standards limiting shift lengths or addressing the problem of EMS worker fatigue.

Jeffrey Johnson's case illustrates the problem. Johnson was driving to work in March 2013 when he began to have car trouble. Pulling into the emergency lane, Johnson turned on his flashers and waited for a roadside service provider, but seemingly out of nowhere, an ambulance slammed into the back of the 2001 Porsche 911 Carrera.

“I was just pushed and hit,” Johnson, 44 of Los Angeles, said on GMA. “I felt all this blood and everything coming down over my face.”

Video later recovered from inside the ambulance showed an EMS worker apparently dozing off right before crashing into Johnson’s car.

Johnson’s lawyer, Brian Kabateck, claimed the accident occurred because the EMS worker was fatigued.

“What you see leading up to the actual impact is a driver who is classically sleep deprived,” Kabateck said on GMA. “You see that he is trying very hard to keep his eyes open.”

In another case that was caught on camera, an EMS worker in New York can be seen appearing to doze off behind the wheel while driving in the Bronx before hitting and injuring a pedestrian and driving into several parked cars in October 2012. That driver declined to comment to ABC News.

In a statement to ABC News, the company said: “Safety is our highest priority, our professionals receive continuous training. Our work rules limit the amount of consecutive hours worked and ensure time off between shifts. Drivers who exhibit any sign of fatigue do not work their shift.”

Both of these accidents led to lawsuits that were later settled without the ambulance companies admitting any wrongdoing.

Accidents like these are adding to growing concern that the people who are entrusted to save lives could actually be putting themselves and others at risk because of fatigue.

Earlier this year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration referenced a study in which 50 percent of EMS workers surveyed suffered from fatigue.

“EMS workers across the entire industry are working in sleep deprived and fatigued states -- a very dangerous situation,” the NHTSA said in a statement.

While this may sound shocking, Dr. Daniel Patterson, senior scientist of emergency medicine at Carolinas HealthCare System and a member of the National EMS Advisory Council, is not surprised. Since 2008, Patterson has surveyed hundreds of EMS technicians to determine how fatigue impacts the performance and well-being of EMS workers.

“Our research we’ve done so far does point to this being a national issue,” he said on GMA. “The bottom line is that greater than half of EMS clinicians and physicians appear to suffer from mental and physical fatigue while at work.”

Patterson also noted that extended shifts, which are frequently long and demanding, are one reason for on-the-job fatigue, along with lack of rest between shifts, work-related stress and multiple jobs.

Former EMS worker David Powell Jr., 23, of Philadelphia knows all too well about the dangers of driver fatigue. In an interview with ABC News, Powell admitted that he dozed off while driving his ambulance and crashed it into a utility pole before it overturned.

“You know I just feel blessed that what I got here was just a couple of scratches on me,” he said. “It could have been way worse from something like that.”

Now that they’ve identified EMS worker fatigue as a problem, the NHTSA says it plans to announce the name of the research team that will be helping them develop fatigue management programs at the local level in order to improve ambulance safety on the road as early as July. In the meantime, it’s mainly up to the states and EMS employers to take care of their workers.

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RidvanArda/iStock/Thinkstock(OLYMPIA, Wash.) -- Officials are investigating the first measles death for the U.S. in a dozen years.

According to the Washington State Department of Health, a recent autopsy revealed a Clallam County woman died this spring because of an undetected measles infection.

A news release said she most likely was exposed during a visit to a local medical facility where she was near someone who was contagious for measles.

Why wasn’t the infection caught in time?

The Washington State Department of Health says the woman did not have a rash, a usual symptom of measles, plus she had a variety of other health conditions and she was taking several medications.

This tragic situation illustrates the importance of immunizing as many people as possible to provide a high level of community protection against measles,” said the news release. “People with compromised immune systems often cannot be vaccinated against measles.”

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malyugin/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- There's a new potential clue in the ongoing effort to understand the genetic links to alcoholism: eye color.

People with lighter eye colors appear to be more likely to develop alcoholism, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Medical Genetics.

The study, published this week, examined genetic samples from 1,263 people with alcohol dependency and found that those with lighter eyes, especially blue eyes, appeared to develop alcoholism at a higher rate.

“This suggests an intriguing possibility -- that eye color can be useful in the clinic for alcohol dependence diagnosis,” Arvis Sulovari, study author and a doctoral student in cellular, molecular and biomedical sciences at the University of Vermont, said in a statement.

Neither Sulovari or lead author Dawei Li, professor of microbiology and molecular genetics at the University of Vermont, said they think there will be one genetic silver bullet to stop alcoholism. But knowing more about the genetics involved could mean that someday doctors might be able to identify from specific genes which people are most at risk for certain disorders, including alcoholism, by looking at their eye color or hair color.

“That would be the our long-term [goal], that it could be applied to the clinic,” Li told ABC News on Thursday. “For me as a scientist, there is still a long way to go.”

Li said more research was needed to confirm these early findings.

“These are complex disorders,” Li also said in a statement. “There are many genes, and there are many environmental triggers.”

Jehannine Austin, a psychiatric disorders expert for the National Society of Genetic Counselors, said the study was intriguing but that more work needed to be done.

“What we know about alcoholism is that it’s a complex disorder,” Austin told ABC News. “It’s one of the conditions that we know arises form combined effects of genetic variations acting together with our experiences.”

However, Austin said knowing more about possible genetic links could mean in the future people can better understand their risk factor. Austin said people probably do not need to worry if they have blue eyes. However, she said if they also have a family history, they can meet with a genetic counselor to talk about risks of developing alcoholism.

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Agencies including INTERPOL are helping with the search for “Sam’s” family and true identity.(http://www.interpol.int/)(CARLSBAD, Calif.) -- A woman with amnesia and battling cancer who was found wandering in southern California has finally learned who she is after she and officials -- both at the local and international level -- spent months searching for her identity and family.

The woman, who called herself "Sam" since she was found by firefighters in Carlsbad, California, in February, has learned that she is Ashley Manetta, a 53-year-old woman who was born in Pennsylvania and later lived in Arizona and California, according to a Facebook page that has been leading efforts to reconnect her with her family.

Debbie Rough, a former nurse at the hospital where Manetta was treated and the administrator of the Facebook page, told ABC News on Thursday that Manetta is now reunited with her family.

Manetta's American identity came as a surprising twist after authorities said they were concentrating on contacts in Australia since Manetta appeared to have an Australian accent and said she dreamed of and had random memories of the country.

"All of my initial dreams had to do with a lap pool swimming in a salt water pool in Perth, then Icebergs in New South Wales and in Cairns in Queensland and Byron Bay," she wrote on Facebook. “I also had many dreams of Hawaii living in a contemporary home there. Both Australia and Hawaii are extremely familiar to me.”

Manetta's nephew reportedly saw her on television and told his mom, who is Manetta's sister, local news station KNSD-TV reported, adding that the sister then contacted authorities, and the FBI then connected the two in an emotional call together.

Manetta has been battling ovarian cancer, which was discovered by doctors at the hospital she was treated at after firefighters found her back in February, according to her Facebook page.

"The amnesia I have is called retro amnesia and doctors have seen this before with the kind of antibodies that were found on the volleyball sized tumor that was on my ovary," Manetta wrote on her Facebook page. "The doctors said it could have been growing for 5 years causing me to be forgetful of things."

The FBI, local police and Interpol had been trying to help Manetta find her identity and family since she was found in February.

The phone conversation between the long-lost sisters led to tears and details of her forgotten past, KNSD-TV added. The station did not identify the Manetta's sister or her nephew.

How Manetta went missing was also not immediately clear.

She had to have emergency surgery to remove the tumor and some surrounding organs to help save her life, she wrote on Facebook, adding that she had been out of the hospital for three weeks and is receiving continued treatments to fight her cancer.

Manetta plans to live with one of her older sisters in Maryland, where she will continue with chemotherapy to treat her aggressive cancer, KNSD-TV reported.

"She was just telling me she has a four-bedroom, large house and a lovely king-size bed waiting for me," Manetta told KNSD-TV.

Manetta's relatives could not immediately be reached for comment by ABC News. The FBI's San Diego office did not immediately respond to ABC News' requests to confirm that the agency connected Manetta and her sister.


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Moxe/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A new study is examining whether a single mass killing can be “contagious” -- and therefore lead to other violent incidents.

Researchers from Arizona State University examined data from mass shootings and looked for “clusters” of shootings that would indicate they didn’t occur at the same time by chance.

Sherry Tower, lead author of the study and research professor in the Simon A. Levin Mathematical, Computational and Modeling Sciences Center at Arizona State University, said she was inspired to start the study after she was nearly involved in a school shooting.

"In January of 2014 I was due to have a meeting with a group of researchers at Purdue University," she said in a statement. "That morning there was a tragic campus shooting and stabbing incident that left one student dead.”

While she managed to avoid the deadly event, she remembered that there had already been three other school shootings that week.

“It seemed like an usually high number to me,” she told ABC News. “I wondered if they were coming in clusters or if it was a statistical fluke. We decided we would take a look into it.”

Tower said a model formerly used to predict aftershocks was successfully found to predict gang violence, finding that one violent incident lead to another. She said she wanted to see if the same was true for mass killings. Mass killings involve the murder of four or more people by any means.

Tower and her team decided to go through data on mass killings complied by the Brady Foundation and USA Today since there is no federal database on mass killings. They found that the probability of a mass killing or school shooting increased between 20 to 30 percent for an average of 13 days.

Towers said for every three mass killings one more was incited due to “contagion.” For school shootings, every three events appeared to incite one additional event.

Towers suggested that it's possible that the intense media attention these events could lead to other vulnerable individuals getting the idea to carry out a similar action.

"It occurred to us that mass killings and school shootings that attract attention in the national news media can potentially do the same thing, but at a larger scale," Towers said in a statement.

Ervin Straub, psychology professor and founding director of doctorate program in Psychology of Peace and Violence at University of Massachusetts Amherst, said he wasn’t surprised by the study’s finding.

“I think the idea that one can do this comes up in people’s [consciousness,]” Straub said of those who might be inspired to commit similar violence. “That motivation might be activated by the example of others.”

He said in past cases certain violent acts were nonexistent until someone made the first move.

“We know for example when the first airplane was hijacked…a wave of hijacking happened,” said Straub. “There was a curve that showed it started from nowhere and it went up and up."

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Fuse/Thinkstock(CARROLTON, Ga.) -- A Georgia dentistry practice that’s under fire for using a restraint device on a child is defending its use of the so-called papoose board, saying every parent signs a consent form and is allowed to stay with the child during a procedure.

“[The] guideline is, if the child is moving a lot or crying or kicking, we get the parents and take parent to the back and tell them what’s going on,” Office Manager Felicia Evans of Smiles R Us in Carrolton, Georgia, told ABC News Thursday.

James Crow and his mother, Evelyn Crow, told ABC News affiliate WSB-TV in Atlanta that they were horrified to find his 5-year-old daughter Elizabeth in the device when she went to have a tooth pulled. Evelyn Crow told the station she and her son heard Elizabeth shouting before finding her in the exam room strapped to the restraint device.

“I couldn’t see my kid in the body bag just strapped down to the bed; I couldn’t handle it,” James Crow told WSB-TV.

“This little girl was frightened, I had to carry her out, she was shaking so bad,” Evelyn Crow told WSB-TV.

But the dentistry practice says the boards are only used with parental consent and that parents are welcome to stay with the child during any procedure.

Evans, the office manager, said dentists in the office use the papoose board, which restrains a child’s arms and legs, if excessive movement interferes with treatment or risks injury.

Evans said the consent form is read to parents and they can stay with the child if the papoose board is used. She said she was unaware of any legal complaints being filed regarding the restraints.

Calls to both James and Evelyn Crow for further comment were not immediately answered.

Dr. Mary Hayes, a spokeswoman for the American Dentistry Association, said the papoose board is designed to keep children safe during their visit to the dentist.

“When it’s often used, it’s trying to prevent movement which is going to interfere with a treatment,” Hayes said. “In the emergency room when the child needs suturing, [protective] stabilization is used quite a bit.”

Hayes said it’s important to keep parents informed and get consent for the procedure to foster a sense of trust and communication between the dentist and the family.

Also, according to guidelines posted by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, dentists should be wary of using restraints for “protective” stabilization because “the use of protective stabilization has the potential to produce serious consequences, such as physical or psychological harm, loss of dignity, and violation of a patient’s rights.”

If restraints are used, however, the AAPD recommends that “informed consent must be obtained and documented in the patient’s record prior to use of protective stabilization.”

Papoose boards have been the subject of controversy in the past, with some medical experts questioning their use. Dr. Joel Weaver, a dentist and former editor-in-chief of Anesthesia Progress, has questioned why such restraints are still used, calling them a “brutal, archaic practice.”

“We now must start the process to improve anesthetic availability in dentistry for the sake of our children and grandchildren, so there will be no need for physical restraint to have a cavity filled,” Weaver wrote in a 2010 article.

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Image Group LA/ABC(NEW YORK) -- Singer Nick Jonas is taking on CrossFit after the company’s tweet about diabetes and an iconic sugary drink.

In a tweet on Monday, the extreme fitness company wrote: “Pour some out for your dead homies.” The comment was posted next to an image of a Coca-Cola bottle and the words “Open Diabetes” and with the hashtags #CrossFit #sugarkills. The tweet was signed by CrossFit CEO Greg Glassman.

The “Jealous” singer responded on Twitter to take Glassman to task, writing: “This is not cool. Please know and understand the difference between type one and type diabetes before making ignorant comments. Sensitivity to all diseases, and proper education on the cause and day to day battle is important.”

Jonas, 22, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 13.

Formerly known as juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes, Type 1 occurs when the pancreas produces little or no insulin, according to Dr. Jennifer Ashton, ABC News' medical contributor and a practicing obstetrician and gynecologist. The cause appears to be unknown, although the body’s immune system mistakenly destroys insulin-producing cells in the pancreas.

In Type 2 diabetes, the body becomes resistant to insulin or the pancreas stops producing enough of the essential hormone. Contributing factors in this form of the disease appear to include being overweight and inactive, also according to Ashton.

CrossFit didn’t appear the least bit chastened by Jonas’ rebuke and by the rebuff from others who joined in to express their displeasure. In fact, the company has continued to tweet about the issue.

It responded to Jonas this way: “Anyone can get T2 diabetes, even those with T1. Stop assuming we don't grasp the difference and help us raise awareness.”

And when another critic wrote: “Not sure @CocaCola appreciates your trademark infringement that insults 29 million U.S. families,” the company responded: “If insulting the sensitive can save some of the 1/3 of Americans who will get T2 diabetes, so be it.”

Glassman, CrossFit's CEO, issued a statement to ABC News in response to Jonas' tweet.

"This is about the scourge of Type 2 diabetes and it's underlying causes. His sponsor, Coca-Cola, is a significant contributor to the diabetes epidemic both with product and 'marketing' spend," the statement read in part.

The rest of Glassman's statement was so aggressive, it was not suitable to print.

Coca-Cola told ABC News that Jonas is not a paid spokesman for the company. A Coca-Cola spokeswoman also responded directly to Glassman, saying that, like him, “we recognize the importance of physical activity and moderation.”

“We promote choice and thoughtful consumption, and through our work with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation we’re working to reduce overall beverage calories,” the spokeswoman told ABC News. “We know these actions will make a real and measurable difference.”

A representative for Jonas also confirms the singer is not affiliated with Coca-Cola.

"Nick has never had a deal or a sponsorship with Coca Cola," Jonas' representative told ABC News. "This is a company desperate for publicity, but it's bizarre that they'd try to achieve it behind such a thoughtless tweet."

Jonas has been an advocate for awareness around Type 1 diabetes since his diagnosis and is currently a spokesperson for Dexcom, the glucose monitoring system he uses.

The singer testified about the disease in a 2009 hearing on Capitol Hill.

"It has not been easy but diabetes technology has really helped me be able to manage my diabetes," Jonas told lawmakers.

Ashton says the conversation sparked by CrossFit's tweet is an important one to have.

"I think or hope the intention was to motivate people to live a healthier lifestyle but, in reality, it came out as blaming people who are living with a chronic and potentially very serious illness," she said.

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